California court orders re-examination of Scott Peterson’s murder convictions

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Less than two months after overturning his death penalty, the California Supreme Court has ordered a trial judge to consider whether to overturn Scott Peterson’s convictions for murdering his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, according to a report.

The court sent the case back to the San Mateo County Superior Court to determine whether Peterson should get a new trial, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Juror Richelle Nice committed “prejudicial misconduct” by not disclosing that she had filed a lawsuit in 2000 to obtain a restraining order after her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend harassed her while she was pregnant, according to the paper.

Nice, who was initially an alternate and replaced a discharged juror during deliberations, published a book with several other members of the jury about their experience during the 2004 trial.

When asked as a potential juror whether she had ever been a victim of a crime or involved in a lawsuit, she said she hadn’t, Peterson’s attorneys told the LA Times.

But in 2000, Nice was 4½ months pregnant when she was threatened by her boyfriend’s ex, according to Peterson’s lawyers.

She said she feared for her unborn child when she filed a lawsuit to obtain a restraining order against the woman.

The attacker — who was tried based on Nice’s charges — was convicted and sentenced to a week in the slammer, Peterson’s lawyers said.

In the case that made headlines around the globe, Peterson was convicted in 2004 of first-degree murder of his 27-year-old wife, who was eight months pregnant when she disappeared on Christmas Eve 2002.

Laci Peterson and Scott Peterson

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Members of the Scott Peterson jury

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